Heralded as one of the biggest signings of the National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s competition, Matildas star Teigen Allen has lit up the league as she sets her sights on a huge year with the APIA Leichhardt club.
The 26-year-old defender who has played for the likes of Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, Melbourne City and more recently the Melbourne Victory in the W-League knew that APIA was the right fit in continuing her football journey.
“When the W-League was coming to an end, I was looking for my next move with football.
“After reaching out to a few clubs, I weighed up my options.
“I wanted to make the right decision and to be involved in a professional football environment – I wanted to continue to grow as a footballer and be surrounded by like-minded players as well.
“After speaking to Matteo and a few of the girls, I knew then and there, APIA was the club for me.”
Currently boasting a 100% record having won three of its opening matches as well as scoring an impressive 13 goals in the process, the APIA side has been on fire and have been labelled the team to beat by the many NPL NSW Women’s fans and followers alike.
Having the likes of star players such as Princess Ibini-Isei, Georgia Yeoman-Dale and Deborah De La Harpe at their disposal as well as Allen’s presence has only further enhanced the squad’s capabilities of a big season ahead.
“We are all enjoying our football and growing as a team as each week passes.
“Getting to know each other as a player and a person in my opinion is one of the most important things to have in a successful team.
“In saying that, having a good backroom staff is vitally important. Matteo Maiorana and Alex Cicco have both built such a strong feel of togetherness which is led by determination and professionalism that I personally have so much respect for.”
The NPL NSW Women’s competition continues to grow from strength to strength as seasons roll by.
Known as the Premier NPL female competition in Australia, the former NSWIS and AIS graduate has been impressed with the quality stars it has attracted throughout the years and continues to do so with this rebooted season.
“Without a shadow of a doubt, the amount of talented footballers that are currently playing in our NPL is exceptional.
“It definitely levels out in each team and makes every game a challenge which is what we as footballers want week in week out.
“I am revved up and excited to play some formidable football.
“The quality on the pitch within each NPL team is staggering and is great to be a part of.”
All eyes will be fixed on this Sunday’s massive must watch encounter as Allen and co face their toughest obstacle yet as they take on last season’s Champions Sydney University set to be live and exclusive only on NPL.TV with kick off set for 3pm.
“It’s going to be a great match with two really good squads set to go head to head and one myself and the girls cannot wait to play in.”
Having been capped 40 times for the Westfield Matildas, Allen is hoping that more call-ups will come her way in the not too distant future.
“I hope so, I am only just getting started so of course I am hoping for many more appearances with the Green and Gold.”
Friday 26th June 2020 will go down as one of the most memorable moments in the Australian Football game – it was the day the nation along with neighbours New Zealand won the right to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a moment Allen and the entire Australian Football community would cherish forever.
“I was at home in Sydney with my sister Keisha who is playing for Blacktown Spartans waiting for the final announcement.
“I was over the moon when the decision was announced.
“It’s given us as a country a massive opportunity to focus and properly expose the women’s game to a whole another level.
“The growth and talent the Matildas and female football in Australia has shown over the past couple of years is only a glimpse of how good we can be.
“There is so much room for further growth and development and getting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 gives us more reason to really invest into the Women’s game from grassroots to the top and to show the world how amazing Australia can be.”